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Tamariki moana, children of the sea

Students are investigating marine ecosystems and taonga species by engaging in hands-on, in-water surveys that combine localised mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), science and snorkelling.

Organised by

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd

Project details

  • Northland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Ecology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environment

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Tūhono i te Ao

Inspiring Māori and Pacific students to pursue STEM subjects through creating activities that put Mātauranga Māori and Pacific culture at the centre of their learning experience.

Organised by

Te Rōpu Āwhina, Victoria University of Wellington

Society of Māori Astronomy Research and Traditions (SMART)

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Wellington
  • Nelson City
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Maths and Statistics
  • Engineering
  • Creative arts
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Architecture

Project duration

February 2018 - December 2018

Funding awarded

$118,642.00 excl. GST (2018)
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Ahi Pepe MothNet – Aotearoa

Landcare Research

Ahi Pepe MothNet – Aotearoa is citizen science that aims to engage teachers, tamariki (children), and whanau with moths, ecology and how science is conducted and connected to everyday life.

Organised by

Landcare Research

Project details

  • Northland
  • Auckland
  • Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Taranaki
  • Waikato
  • Manawatu/Wanganui
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • West Coast
  • Tasman District
  • Otago
  • Nelson City
  • Marlborough
  • Canterbury
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Biology

Project duration

February 2017 - April 2018

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2017)
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Ngā Waihotanga Iho: rural student outreach

Unitec Institute of Technology

Delivering estuary monitoring instruction to high school students from the rural Kaipara district by linking western science (the toolkit) and traditional knowledge (kaitiakitanga) in an engaging and relevant way.

Organised by

Unitec Institute of Technology

Project details

  • Northland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Freshwater
  • Ecology
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - March 2017

Funding awarded

$30,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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SMART Dome Project

Society for Maori Astronomy Research and Traditions

Engaging and exciting Maori youth (18 years and younger) through an outreach programme that introduces astronomical concepts, space travel, and physics to provide an exciting platform to engage our rangitahi.

Project details

  • Northland
  • Hawkes Bay
  • Waikato
  • Wellington
  • Southland
  • Canterbury
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Computing and robotics
  • Engineering
  • Space
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$150,000.00 excl. GST (2016)
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Te Hiku Noho Taiao Matariki

Tirairaka Limited

Highlighting perspectives of the taiao and science to encourage rangatahi interest and involvement in science and technology at school to stimulate thinking about their contribution as leaders/kaitiaki and to promote science career paths.

Organised by

Tirairaka Limited

Project details

  • Northland
  • Mātauranga Māori
  • Technology
  • Science
  • Environment

Project duration

May 2016 - December 2016

Funding awarded

$20,775.00 excl. GST (2016)
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